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Jeff Bezos became even richer thanks to Covid-19. But he still won’t protect Amazon workers | Robert Reich

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December 13, 2020 at 07:30AM

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The pandemic has made clear that corporations need more – not fewer – incentives to protect workers

As a former secretary of labor, I often receive mail from workers with job complaints, who apparently believe I still have some authority. But the email I received a few days ago from a worker at Amazon’s Whole Foods delivery warehouse in Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, was particularly distressing.

She said that six of her co-workers had tested positive for Covid-19 since 22 October, because “safe social distancing is not only being ignored but discouraged,” adding that “when we express our discomfort to management, we are yelled at about filling orders faster, or told that we can take a leave of absence without pay.”

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